#1367: Montrose, Jump On It
By Matt Worley with Jon Worley

"What's wrong with being sexy?" - Nigel Tufnel

"Sexist!" - Everyone else

It was part of a chunk of albums I bought early on in my late-30s record re-collection days. On a quick glance, it was similar to the diver down flag (which was, obviously, an album cover for Van Halen on their Diver Down album). But then I picked it up and studied it. Genius. Flip to the back cover. . .

How was this not made into a poster a la Farrah Fawcett in her red bikini and plastered on every dorm room wall in the late 70s?

Yeah, the music's not worth mentioning. And there is the disembodied body part thing going on (it continues to the inner sleeve as well, which concentrates on assets higher on a woman's body). Women with faces are more intriguing (most of the time) than isolated crotch shots.

But in the interest of defending my list ending "best" pick, here is a mostly "proper" presentation of the front and back covers of Montrose's Jump On It:

The cover design and photography was done by an English art design group called Hipgnosis. They did iconic album covers for tons of bands, including almost every Pink Floyd album (including Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here), Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy (and others), Paul McCartney and Wings, T. Rex, ELO, UFO, Genesis and many, many more.

I've never listened to this album all the way through. As far as Montrose in concerned, you should stick to their debut album (Sammy Hagar on vocals). But it probably won't make this list.

I own two copies of Jump On It on vinyl (so as to present them as shown in the above photo). That's right. Two.

"Certainly, in the topsy-turvy world of heavy rock having a good solid piece of wood in your hand is often useful" - Ian Faith

Diver Down. Heh-heh. He said 'Diver Down.' Heh-heh-heh.

So you've made me think about the most alluring album covers ever. And I drew a blank. But my favorite album art begins and ends with Iron Maiden, so I'm the wrong person to ask about this. As for the body parts thing, I'm with you. I find this cover curious, but not exciting. And call me old-fashioned, but I think "on" is the wrong preposition to use when considering a woman's crotch.

While I am loathe to equate chart success (or album sales) with quality, Montrose was supposed to be a "big rock" band (somebody called the band "America's answer to Led Zeppelin," which is a frightening commentary on the U.S. during the 70s), and its best-selling album was Sammy Hagar's last effort with the band, 1974's Paper Money, which peaked at #65. I agree that the first album is worth hearing if you like muddy 70s kinda-metal (as I do), but after that things get dicey fast.